Throughout the pandemic, regional health authorities have worked with municipalities, WorkSafe BC, and law enforcement to support and educate British Columbians about COVID-19 safety - in some cases establishing joint teams to visit shops, businesses, beaches and other public spaces to ensure we all follow public health guidance and direction.
"Some people have very severe illness and some people have long-lasting impacts, even with a milder form of the illness", Henry said on Thursday, adding these long-term impacts are also being reported by people who haven't been hospitalized.
There are 629 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 3,533 people who tested positive have recovered.
Currently, there are 1,878 people in self-isolation.
There are a still few hot spots. According to the statistics released today, Peel Region reported 27 new cases and Toronto Public Health reported 10 new cases; they were the only two health units to report double-digit cases today.
The update comes after a week in which B.C. saw its recent surge in cases continue, with three consecutive days of at least 75 additional confirmed cases announced.
As of today, the death toll from the virus remains unchanged at 2,789.
And 36,953 cases - or over 90 per cent of cases across the province - have been resolved.
Meanwhile, a third OC Transpo driver has tested positive for COVID-19. However, those numbers may not be accurate. "We anticipate that the number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases".
Two of the cases announced Friday are epidemiologically linked, meaning health officials believe the person had the virus due to their proximity to a known case, but the person was never tested.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts: 92 cases, rate of 45.2 per 100,000 population.
British Columbia is hiring 500 health care professionals to help with its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts ahead of the flu season and a potential surge in cases.